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UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa

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06.09.2020 | 1:25 PM ET

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UFC 253
  • Saturday 09.26.2020 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: ESPN 2
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Endeavor
  • Venue: UFC Fight Island
  • Location: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Jon Anik, Paul Felder
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Jon Anik
  • PPV Buys / Buyrate: 700,000 | TV Ratings: 523,000 avg. viewers (ESPN 2 prelims, 848k peak)
  • MMA Bouts: 11
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Bout   Info
Israel Adesanya   defeats   Paulo Costa   via KO/TKO, Left Hook to Ground and Pound   3:59 Round 2 of 5, 8:59 Total Bout Page
Jan Błachowicz   defeats   Dominick Reyes   via KO/TKO, Punches   4:36 Round 2 of 5, 9:36 Total Bout Page
Brandon Royval   defeats   Kai Kara-France   via Submission, Guillotine Choke   0:48 Round 2 of 3, 5:48 Total Bout Page
Ketlen Vieira   defeats   Sijara Eubanks   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Hakeem Dawodu   defeats   Zubaira Tukhugov   via Decision, Split   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Brad Riddell   defeats   Alex da Silva   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Jake Matthews   defeats   Diego Sanchez   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Ľudovít Klein   defeats   Shane Young   via KO/TKO, Head Kick and Punches   1:16 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
William Knight   defeats   Aleksa Camur   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Juan Espino   defeats   Jeff Hughes   via Submission, Scarf Hold Choke   3:48 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Danilo Marques   defeats   Khadis Ibragimov   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page

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RobertK08
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06.13.2020 | 4:22 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 1 of 1 Winners, 0 Perfect, 50 Points   |   Tied for 3671st

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov, SUB, R1
Khabib has multiple takedowns stuffed but eventually gets one off a leg kick. Justin’s BJJ is not good enough to keep Khabib off his back. Khabib takes the back and submit Justin with a RNC in the first round.

Joshjeffords
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06.13.2020 | 4:33 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 6 of 9 Winners, 2 Perfect, 390 Points   |   Tied for 2208th

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Justin Gaethje, TKO, R1
Either can win but a 1st round sub against a good wrestler only if its justin and drops khabib first. Khabib is a blanket fighter a wet blanket at that he doesnt blitz anything.

tepid55
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06.13.2020 | 4:59 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 11 Winners, 4 Perfect, 475 Points   |   Tied for 1167th

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov, DEC
I think Khabib grinds out a decision and retires undefeated. UFC Lightweight GOAT

Joshjeffords
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06.15.2020 | 5:18 PM ET

Predictions: 6 of 9 Winners, 2 Perfect, 390 Points   |   Tied for 2208th

That is sadly the 80 percent likelihood we wont know till the day more importantly we are robbed of the real fight.
Any word on fergy havent seen a peep since he was recooping in hospital.

ZakkBroadhurst
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06.16.2020 | 7:07 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 0 of 0 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 3742nd

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov, SUB, R2
Justin wont know what hit him khabib never been cut never been knocked down he barely gets hit he will make easy work of this

ZakkBroadhurst
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06.16.2020 | 7:09 AM ET

Predictions: 0 of 0 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 3742nd

*** are you talking about he dropped conor with his first punch of the fight he will easily take down justin and choke easy 2nd round sub
2020.06.17 9:39 AM ET

bout announced

Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy at 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
FergboyMMA
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06.19.2020 | 5:47 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 5 of 7 Winners, 2 Perfect, 315 Points   |   Tied for 2941st

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov, SUB, R4
A solid fight but sadly I predict it will be the same as the Dustin Poirier fight. I just don’t see what Justin has to offer that we haven’t seen before. Khabib has fought incredible kickboxers like Conor, he’s fought good/great boxers like Iaquinta, Poirier, Johnson, and more and it has been a mauling. I honestly think Tony Ferguson has the best chance against Khabib and yes I know Gaethje beat up Ferguson but styles make fights and that fight was on the feet and Khabib doesn’t tend to hang on the feet long at all. I predict Justin may give Khabib a tough fight early with his now vastly improved striking style, and he may hurt Khabib on the feet, but I think Khabib is able to eventually get the takedown, grind out Justin, take his back, and choke him out and then retire in front of an empty crowd. I prefer this over the Dustin Poirier fight, but I think it will play out similarly. I can’t even begin to think about how the fight is so even on Tapology. Hopefully that changes when this gets confirmed. I hope Gaethje wins, but Khabib just seems like too much right now.

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Hyrm
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06.19.2020 | 6:05 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 11 Winners, 5 Perfect, 425 Points   |   Tied for 1895th

Even after is last win, I dont see wath Gaethje could offer to Khabib wrestling!

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Taylor335
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06.19.2020 | 7:46 PM ET

@Hyrm

Predictions: 0 of 2 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 3742nd

Lmao well obviously.
Gaethje didn’t wrestle in his last fight.

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mikesuarez12
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06.24.2020 | 12:47 PM ET

Justin's ground game...

Predictions: 8 of 11 Winners, 0 Perfect, 400 Points   |   Tied for 2095th

I think the big X factor here is Justin's ground game which we haven't seen in the UFC yet. We really don't know how well Justin will be able to stuff and at least postpone Khabib's takedown attempts and judging by how well Justin punished Tony in each exchange leads me to believe that this fight will be alot closer than people think. Justin may very well be Khabib's hardest test yet, even more than a Ferguson matchup. I'd also love to see Tony vs Conor at 170. 

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jammam91
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06.29.2020 | 3:10 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 0 of 0 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 3742nd

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov, SUB, R4
Don't forget, they all look good until they face Khabib. It just all changes! Russian Dagestani wrestling is suffocating, those guys are a different breed! Justin is a great fighter and a threat to everyone, except Khabib! I'm nice enough to predict a 4th round submission win for Khabib, but I wouldn't be surprised by a 2 or 3rd round submission.

2020.07.09 1:42 PM ET

bout announced

Mackenzie Dern vs. Randa Markos at 115 lbs (52.2 kg)
2020.07.14 4:29 PM ET

bout announced

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov at 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
AnthillIss
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07.15.2020 | 12:26 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 11 Winners, 5 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 717th

Dawodu vs. Tukhugov
Hakeem Dawodu, DEC
**** this stupid russian tomato can

2020.07.15 1:12 PM ET

bout announced

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane at 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
2020.07.18 5:32 PM ET

bout status update

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje Changed from Rumored to Fizzled
2020.07.18 5:49 PM ET

bout rumored

Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa at 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
Taylor335
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07.18.2020 | 5:52 PM ET

Predictions: 0 of 2 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 3742nd

Adesanya vs Costa confirmed for this event.

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2020.07.18 6:14 PM ET

bout status update

Adesanya vs. Costa Changed from Rumored to Confirmed
TWJake
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07.18.2020 | 10:50 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 11 Winners, 5 Perfect, 490 Points   |   Tied for 978th

Adesanya vs. Costa
Paulo Costa, TKO, R2
king of biches come to knock skinny boy out war costa true american patriot

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2020.07.19 2:39 PM ET

bout announced

Casey Kenney vs. Heili Alateng at 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
Dwayne Black
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07.19.2020 | 8:10 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 11 Winners, 3 Perfect, 465 Points   |   Tied for 1272nd

Adesanya vs. Costa
Israel Adesanya, TKO, R4
**** Costa

Dawodu vs. Tukhugov
Hakeem Dawodu, DEC
**** Tukhugov

DamienHandel420
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07.20.2020 | 2:44 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 11 Winners, 4 Perfect, 500 Points   |   Tied for 887th

When was Izzy vs costa offical announce because I didn’t know it was happening on this card. Call me Patrick because I been living under a rock

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freemoneyforall
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07.20.2020 | 7:07 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 11 Winners, 1 Perfect, 435 Points   |   Tied for 1724th

It was not officially announced. It was leaked I t hink by Costa's team after he signed but before adesanya signed so Dana was pissed. Plus ufc prolly wanted to break the news with a fancy promo. Lol
shadrian83
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07.21.2020 | 4:01 PM ET

Predictions: 4 of 11 Winners, 0 Perfect, 200 Points   |   Tied for 3383rd

Gonna be hard for Adesanya to get that 4th round tko while he's running.
freemoneyforall
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07.21.2020 | 5:16 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 11 Winners, 1 Perfect, 435 Points   |   Tied for 1724th

I heard ufc is gonna let him wear shoes for this fight and adesanya can't throw any kicks. New Nike deal!

* Edited at 07.21.2020, 5:32 PM ET *

2020.07.22 4:20 PM ET

bout announced

Jordan Espinosa vs. David Dvořák at 125 lbs (56.7 kg)
Dwayne Black
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07.23.2020 | 9:55 AM ET

Predictions: 7 of 11 Winners, 3 Perfect, 465 Points   |   Tied for 1272nd

Costa is the perfect matchup for Israel. 


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